Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse 

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) examination was designed for experienced hospice and palliative registered nurses. To be eligible, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements by the application deadline.

To be eligible for the HPCC CHPN® Examination, an applicant must hold a current, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States, its territories, or the equivalent in Canada and must also have hospice and palliative nursing practice of 500 hours in the most recent 12 months or 1,000 hours in the most recent 24 months prior to applying for the examination. 

The development of all certification examinations begin with a Role Delineation Study (RDS), where through the link you can find out more information.

Specifics related to the eligibility criteria for each exam are provided in the candidate handbook. These MUST be reviewed prior to completing an application. 

Fees

CHPN® Initial Certification:  $415  ($295 for HPNA members)
CHPN® Certification Renewal:   $380  ($260 for HPNA members) 

Online Exam Application

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center has partnered with the testing service PSI/Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to offer this online exam application process listed below.  Paper applications are also available and are located in each candidate handbook.  Applicants MUST submit a paper application if requesting special testing accommodations (ADA related).
    
Applicant must be prepared to provide:
  • HPNA membership number to determine eligibility for membership discount (if applicable)
  • Choice of test assessment center if scheduling appointment online. Test locations are the same for all exams.
  • Credit card information (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
Applicant provides personal data and choice of specialty exam on application form housed on a secure AMP website (Please provide your HOME address on your online application as ADDRESS 1) by the online application deadline date.
 
Applicant receives notice of fee validation for selected exam which is based upon current membership status in HPNA. Applicants must have their HPNA membership number in order to receive a member discount. If an application for a new HPNA membership has been made the same day as an application for a certification exam, the non-member exam fee will display, and the applicant must agree to pay the non-member fee to complete the exam application process. 
 

Applicant reviews information and agrees. Applicant completes process of applying for the next scheduled certification exam which includes provision of credit card information for billing at time of application.  The applicant will receive online verification of application receipt from the testing company, PSI.    

The current online application is for the upcoming certification exam window only, and the application must be received by the testing company on or before 11:59pm Central Time on the exam deadline date.  For clarification of any specific concerns or questions, contact the HPCC national office via email at hpcc@goHPCC.org or by phone at 412-787-1057.  

Begin Online Exam Application

Testing Centers

Test site locations for computer-based certification testing are determined and available through the testing vendor, PSI, Inc. (PSI). These locations are subject to change. Locations are the same for all HPCC certification exams.

For a direct link to the PSI, Inc. testing locations page, click PSI Testing Locations


Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification

Recertification for the CHPN® certificant is through Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR), which requires fulfilling practice hour requirements, accumulating required points through various professional development activities, and completing the Situational Judgment Exercise (SJE). Each category varies as to how the points are calculated and how many of the total points can be obtained. Each activity MUST correlate with the test content outline as published in the CHPN® Candidate Handbook.

The SJE is a required component of the CHPN® recertification process. It uses a series of case-based scenarios to test critical reasoning and clinical application of content beyond the level of the initial certification exam. The SJE provides an in-depth assessment of the approach taken by the CHPN® to handle the complexity of real-life clinical situations. In addition to assessment and treatment decision making, it also tests on ethical and professional topics including team building, communication, public policy and research. For more details, please download the CHPN® SJE Guide.

The SJE is available through PSI/AMP, and you may need to create a password for the site at no charge to purchase the SJE.  Follow the link to Create a PSI/AMP Login and Password. After creating your account, please DO NOT follow the email links from PSI/AMP. Follow the link below, enter your HPCC certification number, and submit. Do not log in. Click “Add to Cart” first.  Click here to purchase SJE.

Online Submission of HPAR via LearningBuilder

HPAR applications for CHPN® recertification must be submitted online through LearningBuilder software. This option was developed to be user friendly and to allow candidates to submit their application in a timely fashion with ease and use of modern technology. Click here for the LearningBuilder Quick Start Guide and the CHPN® HPAR packet.

Reporting Period for HPAR

The or HPAR points is also known as the ‘accrual period’. The reporting period in which you can earn points for CHPN® renewal is your certification begin date through the time that you submit your application. The deadline for HPAR submission is 1 year to 8 weeks prior to your certification expiration date for the standard recertification fee. If you collect points and/or submit your application during the extended deadline period (during the 8 weeks prior to your certification expiration date), an additional application fee will be assessed. If you do not submit your HPAR application, your CHPN® certification will expire on the expiration date. If your certification expires you may be eligible for reactivation of your expired credential. Refer to CHPN® HPAR instructions or download the HPAR FAQs. If you have any questions, please contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at hpcc@gohpcc.org.

Click here to view a brief informational slideshow on HPAR.

Certification Verification Tool

This is a free resource created to assist those looking to verify a professional's HPCC certification status. Names of individuals currently certified by HPCC are available through the link below.


Certification Verification